Court puts ‘freeze’ on peace deal between warring ice-cream salesmen

April 17, 2024

A Judge has put a ‘freeze’ on a court decision between two rival ice-cream salesmen in Co Donegal after hearing a peace deal may have melted.

Jim Chambers, aged 63 and Stephen Cole, aged 41 had both been brought to Falcarragh District Court following a series of incidents between the pair on Rathmullan beach.

The pair are accused of a series of incidents after they set up on the same beachside selling pitch in the scenic seaside town.

The charges include a breach of the peace at Rathmullan Beach on July 19th, 2019 and also assault on 25th July, 2021 at Rathmullan.

The case had been adjourned until this week to see if peace, which had previously broken out between the pair, remained in place.

However, Garda Inspector Seamus McGonigle said there had been an indirect incident arising out of the cases.

Because of this he asked the court to adjourn the case for another two months to see how matters proceeded before the summer.

Garda Inspector Seamus McGonigle had previously told the court “Once the sun shines, the problems arise.”

He added that the rows between the two parties was taking up a lot of Garda time.

Solicitor for Cole of Trentabuoy, Drumkeen, Mr James Canny, said he had understood that peace had been found and was not sure what the indirect incident involved.

Judge Eiteain Cunningham said the court had already given the defendants latitude in the matter.

Inspector McGonigle said he was applying to have the cases adjourned for two months before the summer period was embarked upon.

Judge Cunningham agreed and adjourned the cases until May 19th for further information.